Did You Make Your Bed Today?

my messy busy bed

my messy busy bed (Photo credit: pequeña esquimal)


I didn’t.  In fact, I never do–other than when I change the sheets.  To be honest, my bed doesn’t look like the photo above, there’s plenty of room for me.


But what makes someone feel the need to make their bed every day?  Serious question.  When I wake up and leave the room, that’s it.  I usually don’t go in there again until…bedtime.   So why would I make the bed?


Flower Child loves to make her bed.  She does a great job straightening the blankets, arranging pillows, and sculpting still life portraits out of her stuffies.  I can’t help but wonder what makes someone find that a necessary part of daily chores, or even appealing.  Wanting the house to be clean, I understand.  Keeping the house neat and organized, also understood.  I wish I had enough room to be neat and organized, it feels good to walk into a space that’s calm and not overcrowded.  But I have never found it to make me feel better or worse to have the bed made.  It isn’t embarrassing to me if someone comes over, because I don’t entertain in my bedroom.  If someone is over, and does have a reason to come into my room, well, it’s my bed.  Is sleeping considered something embarrassing we’re supposed to pretend we don’t do?


You know all those “you’ll sees” and “you’ll understand whens” you heard from your mother when you were growing up?  Some of them, I knew I would never see, or understand.  I am a totally different personality than my mother was.  Other things, like being compelled to make the bed each morning, I kept waiting for them to kick in.  Never happened.


New bed

New bed (Photo credit: – Annetta -)

My unmade bed and I are very happy.

Last night when I walked the beasts it was freezing. The wind gusts were so strong, when I walked towards the corner to throw the poop bag away, the public trash can was actually lifted and flipped upside down by the wind.  Weird, scary, and kind of cool.

This morning before the traffic got heavier, I heard birds.  Not pigeons, birds.  Spring is coming!



  1. So very strange you should post this today. Just yesterday I took a pic of lazy cat and crazy dog, both sprawled legs pointed to the sky upon my bed. I showed the pic to a co worker who made a comment about the unmade bed…I wondered just how many people find the need- those not in the military at least. The animals love to cuddle twixt and tween the mounds of covers and sheets, so its easy to just let it be ( yeah, like I needed an excuse ) Momma was always straight and clean- everything and always. Not even a drop of water to be found in a sink. Me? Our house has a lived in look. Don’t like it? don’t come over. 😉 lol ❤


  2. Although I like to straighten my bed of a morning I don’t over do the making it bit I just throw the covers up so it looks neat but I had an aunt who liked to have her bed properly made every day with the bedspread on it and very neat…………now bedspreads seem to much work for me I like a comforter/doona that I can just throw up and it looks neat and made kind of…………I also don’t change the sheets as often as some people usually every second week is enough for me but the same aunt had to change the sheets every Wednesday I can’t be bothered


    1. Oh, a bedspread! I don’t think I’ve heard anyone mention a bedspread since I was a kid 😀

      Washing the sheets, not so bad, it’s the wrestling to get them back onto the mattress, and of course, the comedy routine of trying to fold a fitted sheet. :p


  3. I always wondered what making the bed was all about too. I can’t be bothered. I straighten the covers up only so I’ll be less likely to lose things, books, cookies, small items of clothing, the flashlight, stuff like that.

    Maintenance is kind of a drag in general. I always want to skip that part of the day.


  4. Making beds annoys me, because none of my fitted sheets fit my pillow top mattress very well and which end is really supposed to be the top of a king sheet?! Oh and I hate flat sheets. I like those open weave blankets as the first layer. Not the scratchy industrial ones, the nice ones. Soooo my husband’s side of the bed has his half of the flat sheet and blanket tucked in all nice, and my side has the other half of the sheet kicked down to the foot of the bed and blanket properly pulled out so I can wrap that and the comforter around my feet. 🙂 And I kinda haul the comforter up over it all during the day. The cat still crawls under whenever he wants.

    Your cute little pic at the bottom comes with the mental image of a loud CRACKKKKKKK!!!!! ….when I was 10 or so and my best friend was over and we “somehow” broke the slats on my bed holding the mattress and box spring in place on the frame. 😀 So I really couldn’t be mad at the kids when a loud CRACKKKKKK came from one of their rooms one day and “somehow” the footboard had collapsed…


    1. Funny, Husband’s side of the bed is also usually neater than mine (though not tucked in), but that’s because he isn’t as restless a sleeper. 🙂 I like those open weave blankets! We don’t share blankets, I’m terrible at sharing in my sleep 😮 Husband has the comforter, and I use one of those soft blankets, made from the same fabric as the nice stuffies or slipper socks.

      I’ve heard that C-R-A-C-K here, too. It’s a very particular, oh shit big expense right now! kind of sound 😉


  5. That’s the true reason I moved to a climate where it is 80 degrees at night…never have to sleep IN a bed, so bed never gets mussed. The more I hear about your tortured existence…the dog poop…the messy beds quandry…the more I think about promoting a Fringe Aid concert to finance a dog walker and a maid for you. I weep in frustration.


    1. Aww, Coyotero, you say the kindest things, but

      Screw that, if you promote a Fringe Aid concert, I’ll leave the bed and the poop behind and head to Costa Rica! 🙂


      1. There’s only eight miles of beach, and no weather reports since every day is as clear and hot as the one before…sure you can adjust? Everyone should try it once.


          1. Awesome. I’ll be looking for it. My understanding is that med/health care is pretty good over there, which is a huge factor for me, even in fantasies.


          2. Costa is ranked much higher than the U.S. Socialized medicine is socialized medicine, but there are several different plans to choose from, and doctors make house calls for next to nothing. Our dentist is also a bartender at a beach club…says he does it because he likes people, and at work everyone has their mouth clamped open. Imagine that !


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